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25% Off Selected Poetry Books for St Patrick's day!
Tuesday, 15 Mar 2016
Whether you're Irish or not, no one can resist the lure of St Patrick’s day! So this Thursday, 17th March 2016, why not spend it with some wonderful Irish poets? With our fantastic offer of 25% discount on ten of our best Irish poets how could you refuse? This combination of classic and contemporary Irish poetry is just the thing to complete a great St Paddy’s day!
Parallax Sinead Morrisey, 2013.
Morrisey was born and raised in Belfast, she has travelled the world and lived in some amazing places, but never forgot her roots and is Belfast's inaugural Poet Laureate. Winner of the 2013 TS Eliot Prize for Poetry, Parallax explores the paradoxes in what is seen, what is read and what is misread in the surfaces of the presented world.
New Selected Poems Eavan Boland, 2013.
A pioneering figure in Irish poetry, Boland’s critical writing, poetry and example have made an emancipating difference to writing in Ireland. New Selected Poems includes the key poems from Boland’s remarkable half century of writing, starting in 1962 and continuing through more than a dozen collections, with each finding new dimensions in language, history and in the body subject to passion and to time.
From my father’s head I sprung
Goddess of the war, created
Partisan and soldiers’ physic –
My symbols boast and brazen gong –
Until I made in Athens wood
Upon my knees a new music.
From Athene’s Song
Eye of the Hare John F. Deane, 2011.
Founder of Poetry Ireland, The Poetry Ireland Review and The Dedalus Press, Deane uses Eye of the Hare to explore the possibilities of poetry to redress the failures of care towards the planet and the needs of society by layering Biblical echoes and the music of the Psalms. Using sonnets, narratives and lyrics Eye of the Hare advances towards redemption.
I stood a while
between land and ocean and found
a small stone polished sheer by sea-breaking;
cold-white as a winter moon
it dried quickly into dullness. I kept it,
touching at times on a small heart of creation
the way perhaps a poem
can hold all of our story within its core.
From World, Flesh and Devil.
Can Dentists Be Trusted? Martina Evans, 2004.
A County Cork native, Evans beautifully combines a novelist’s gift for creating compelling narratives and capturing conversational idiosyncrasies with a poet’s ability to condense and refine to make Can Dentists Be Trusted? a book that will delight many.
Valparaiso Mary O’Malley, 2012.
Hailing from Connemara, O’Malley uses Valparaiso to explore the science of going under and staying afloat. It is a book of searches and discoveries, plumbing oceanic depths with the surge and swell of the sea sounds to create a place of wonders, where the imagination is freed.
It was making day when I looked out
at the kind of beauty
that leaves death unthinkable,
purple slate, gannets rising in small explosions
and everything makes sense.
The world is round again and we are its sun
describing a horizon, ratskin waves stretch to America
lumps of sea rise under the bow and below
acres of drowned Ireland and a mountain.
From Resident at Sea
The House of Clay Peter McDonald, 2007.
Born in Belfast, McDonald has made a name for himself as one of Ireland's most widely known and controversial poets. McDonald uses his fourth book The House of Clay as an autobiography drawing on Greek and Latin sources he builds a moving and complex meditation on personal and historical loss.
Selected Poems Thomas Kinsella, 2007.
Described as Dublin’s laureate, Kinsella’s Selected Poems, which received a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation in 2007, invites readers to explore the range of his poetic world, with poems taken from previous publications ranging from 1956 to 2006.
'Kinsella is by now the most formidable presence in Irish poetry, a man whose work has achieved a continuity and sustained power.' - Seamus Deane, A Short History of Irish Literature.
Dharmakaya Paula Meehan, 2000.
A Dublin resident, Meehan’s work has received many awards including Denis Devlin Award of the Irish Arts Council (An Chonthairle Ealafon) . Dharmakaya looks at how memory is lodged in the body, in physical consciousness, as much as in the old movies we run inside our heads. This new collection marks a decisive development in her work both in formal and thematic terms.
The garden again. Finglas.
My younger sister on the coalshed roof playing circus.
Early June - elder blossom, sweet pea.
The morning carries the smell of the sea.
I'm above in the boxroom looking down at her
through the window. Eldest daughter
Packing what will fit in a rucksack...
From Take a breath. Hold it. Let it go.
Eavan Boland notes Meehan's 'wonderful zest and warmth of tone. The themes are daring and open up new areas for her own work as well as for contemporary Irish poetry.'
Selected Poems Oscar Wilde, 1992.
Born in Dublin, 1854, Wilde is one of the most celebrated dramatists of the nineteenth century. Here is the brilliant twenty-six-year-old's only collection of poems, displaying his sensuousness and technical precocity, with deft echoes of earlier masters. The young Wilde explores styles and forms to counteract the exhaustion of the poetic language current at the time.
Then suddenly the tune went false,
The dancers wearied of the waltz,
The shadows ceased to wheel and whirl,
And down the long and silent street
The dawn with silver-sandalled feet,
Crept like a frightened girl.
From The Harlot's House
The First Yeats William Yeats, 2010.
The First Yeats deepens our understanding of the making of Yeats’s poetic imagination, reprinting the original texts of Yeats's three early collections, The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems (1899), The Countess of Kathleen and Various Legends and Lyrics (1892), and The Wind Among the Reeds (1899). In this collection, edited by Edward Larissy, are some of the best-loved poems in English, fresh and unfamiliar in their original contexts.
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